States to pay outstanding dues of Rs 22,000 crore to power generation stations

States to pay outstanding dues of Rs 22,000 crore to power generation stationsDespite the UDAY scheme, the state utilities have to pay an outstanding amount of Rs 22,200 crore to power stations.

The Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), which was launched last year to reduce the interest burden and minimise power losses during distribution, was joined by 18 states.

Eight states issued bonds of about Rs 1 lakh crore.

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Rajasthan had issued Rs 37, 350 crore in bonds and registered marginal year-on-year fall of Rs 81 crore in its dues to central stations at Rs 1,128 crore as of March end.


Likewise, Uttar Pradesh had issued bond at about Rs 24,330 crore but witnessed power dues touch from Rs 841 crore to Rs 2,672 crore during the same period.

Haryana had raised Rs 17,000 crore through a bond issue, but reported flat outstanding at Rs 65 crore.

“We need to give the power utilities at least two more year before we start to draw any conclusion. It is too early to draw any conclusion from the increased outstanding," Arvind Mahajan, head of infrastructure and government services at KPMG, told ET.

Meanwhile, ET quoted Sabyasachi Majumdar, senior vice-president at ICRA Ratings, saying the power demand had risen in the last one year.

"It is likely that the total dues would rise as utilities buy more power from generators. The effects of UDAY will start to reflect on the outstanding and balance sheets of utilities only after March 2017. We need to give these power distribution companies an additional year to see any sizeable effect on their financial position," he said.

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